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Contra Costa Fire Responds to 67 Fires on July 4 Holiday

by ECT

Contra Costa County Fire is reporting that on July 4, between 7:00 pm and midnight, they responded to a 67 fires. In all, 10 structure fires, 27 vegetation fires, and other exterior fires.

They also confirmed that the cause of 16 of the fires were due to fireworks, however, no structures were lost. At one point, they were only dispatching a single engine to non-structure fires. Several calls were firefighters responding to boxes of fireworks exploding.

Incidents of note:

  • 8:30 pm – Mims Ave, Bay Point – vegetation fire threatened homes.
  • 9:45 pm: Cordoba Way, Antioch – two vehicles destroyed after a firework caught bushes on fire.
  • 10:15 pm: Christopher Ct, Antioch – vegetation fire along the canal caught fire which due to wind several homes were threatened with evacuations occurring. Firefighters limited damage to the backyards.
  • 10:30 pm: O St, Antioch – outside fire occurred causing a transformer to catch fire. Roller rink threatened but did not catch.
  • 11:00 pm: Southland & Oak Hill, Pittsburg – illegal firework sparked a vegetation fire threatening at least 20-homes.
  • 11:30: Crestpark, Antioch – Two homes caught fire with a gas meter on fire. Crews quickly knocked this fire down preventing extensions into the home.

Will update as more data is provided.

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mev Jul 5, 2020 - 9:30 am

Thank you and I hope a bill is sent to each responsible party for the damage, clean-up and a hefty fine if caught. Can’t believe these people. Keep rhe arsonists in jail!!!!

Frank Jul 5, 2020 - 12:38 pm

Look at the cameras, check social media and go after these arsonist. The counties make fireworks illegal for a reason but nothing is ever done. Every cities attorneys should sue each county that sells fireworks. I’m sure Newsom won’t say anything about social distancing and mandated masks. Law and order

Bill G Jul 5, 2020 - 11:27 pm

I agree with Frank, it’s time for Our City Attorney and County Attorney to Step Up and file suit against the Counties within driving distance to Contra Costa for allowing the sales of Fireworks.

Maybe it’s time for the State of California to make Fireworks illegal, I know they are fun to shoot off and watch, but maybe if we contribute to a community fund for Fireworks Shows, then they’ll be able to have better ones. Ones that are controlled and less likely to end up with major fires!

LoveableCurmudgeon Jul 6, 2020 - 4:17 am

67 fires! I was impressed with the professional and calm demeanor of the 911 dispatcher who was sending the units to the various locations. She was obviously overwhelmed but remained cool and guided the firefighters to the various scenes with aplomb. The woman deserves a medal for grace under fire

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